We have visited Griffin and Bell’s offices. In addition, 41 clients and 19 tutors have completed an on-line survey. For an explanation of the different tutor sections in the Good Schools Guide see which tutor agency?
The Good Schools Guide review of Griffin and Bell Education
Husband and wife team Victoria and Matthew (known as Matt) Smith run a very personal and personalised service (no switchboard here), with the help of Rosh Mahtani and Laurie Stevens, all of whom work from a nice, bright room at the very top of an upscale Marylebone townhouse, which has been converted into modern offices with shared meeting space downstairs.
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Review snapshot: ‘They won’t just tell you what you want to hear and take your money – they are realistic with you, and that includes bringing tutoring to an end if they feel it might become a crux or has run its course.’ read more
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Most tutoring is by trained teachers for GCSEs and A levels, with a little (but growing) amount at university level (‘but we hold our hands up if we can’t help, for instance we recently had to turn down a tutoring request from a property development student,’ says Matthew). Specialist subjects currently span biology, chemistry, physics, maths, further maths, English language, English lit, geography, history, RE, philosophy and ethics, psychology, French, Spanish, German, Latin, Ancient Greek, PE, business studies and economics. Small amount of 11+ and 13+ also on offer from non-teacher trained tutors.
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